Social-Emotional Learning Index
"SUICIDE" to "WORK/CAREER"

Suicide | Surviving | Taking Care Of Yourself
Talent | Teamwork | Work/Career

Complete List of SEL Topics

Suggested ages are in brackets at the end of each entry. Topcs relating to Social Emotional Learning appear after the term "SEL." Ethical Emphasis is a reference to Character Counts' Six Pillars of Character.

SUICIDE

All My Sons (Crime; Marriage; Father/Son; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1941 - 1991; Drama/U.S.) [13+]

Courage Under Fire (Marriage, Redemption; Leadership; Suicide; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Courage in War; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1991 - Present) [12+]

Cross Creek (Female Role Model; Parenting; Friendship; Suicide; Running Away; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1865 - 1913 and Florida; Literature/U.S.) [the events that inspired The Yearling]

Gattaca (Breaking Out; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Human Rights; Brothers; Friendship; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness; Subjects: Science Fiction) [14+]

The Inner Circle (Marriage; Human Rights; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: World/Russia) [15+]

It's a Wonderful Life (Male Role Model; Suicide; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1913 - 1945) [10+]

 

Les MisÚrables (Redemption; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Fairness, Caring; Subjects: Literature/France; World/France) [8+]

Lust for Life (Talent; Brothers; Mental Illness; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography/Van Gogh; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Literature/U.S.; SEL: Child Abuse; Courage; GBLTQ; Friendship; Romantic Relationships; Mental Illness;Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]

Romeo and Juliet (Fighting; Romantic Relationships; Suicide; Revenge; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Drama/England) [12+]

The Tuskegee Airmen (Courage; Courage in War; Friendship; Self-esteem; Grieving; Suicide; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941 - 1945, Diversity & Alabama) [10+]

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (Talent; Brothers, Mental Illness; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Water (Human Rights; Suicide; Breaking Out; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Fairness; Subjects: World/India; Religions/Hinduism; ELA) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]



SURVIVING

127 Hours (English Language Arts; SEL: Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

Anne B. Real (Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Ambition; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and New York) [12+]

The Black Stallion (Caring for Animals; Surviving; Grieving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Sports/Horse Racing) [8+]

Contagion (Health; Medicine; Science-Technology; U.S. 1991 - present; World/Asia; SEL: Courage; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]

Cowspiracy (Surving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibilty; Subjects: The Environmentment) [13+]

Edge of America (Breaking Out; Leadership; Teamwork; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect; Caring; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S./1945-1991; Diversity/Native American & African American and New Mexico) [12+]

Europa! Europa! (Human Rights; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Subjects: World/Germany & WWII) [13+] (In German & Russian with English Subtitles)

Grave of the Fireflies (U.S./1941 - 1991; World/WW-II and Japan; Cinema; SEL: Human Rights; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [13+]

The Joy Luck Club (Mother/Daughter/ Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & California; World/China) [14+]

 

Lord of the Flies (Peer Pressure; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: ELA; U.S./1945 -1991) [13+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol, character development, theme, irony.]

Modern Times (Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1929-1941) [8+]

The Odyssey (Humility; Surviving; Marriage; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: World/Ancient Greece; Mythology; Literature & Literary Devices; Seafaring [14+ for the movie; 11+ for the book. Literary devices analyzed: simile, metaphor, flashback; symbol]

Roots Vol. II (Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1629 - 1750 & Diversity) [12+]

Roots Vol. III (Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S. 1750 - 1812 & Diversity) [12+]

The Pursuit of Happyness (Father/Son; Parenting; Surviving, Work/Career; add the following SEL topics when using TeachWithMovies.com's student handout for this film entitled Episodes in the Life of Chris Gardner (What's Not in the Movie): Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Breaking Out; Spousal Abuse; Child Abuse; Education; Male Role Model; Ambition; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and Biography) [12+]

The Swiss Family Robinson (Families in Crisis; Brothers; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Literature/England; Science-Technology; World/Indonesia) [6 - 12]

To Live (Grieving; Surviving; Gambling Addiction; Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Subjects: World/China) (In Chinese with English subtitles.)

The Tuskegee Airmen (Courage; Courage in War; Friendship; Self-esteem; Grieving; Suicide; Surviving; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Aviation; U.S./1941 - 1945, Diversity & Alabama) [10+]



TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

Forks Over Knives (Health; Medicine; SEL: Taking Care of Yourself; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]

Into the Wild (Literature: NonFiction; Literary Devices: theme; allusion; U.S.: 1945 - 1991; SEL: Taking Care of Yourself; Families in; Crisis Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]

Precious (Child Abuse, Self-esteem, GBLTQ; Parenting, Taking Care of Yourself; Subjects: Health; ELA (for cross-curricular assignments); Psychology; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility, Caring) [15+; 121 minutes]

She's Too Young - Peer Pressure; Bad Associations; Romantic Relationships; Self-esteem; Taking Care of Yourself; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Subjects: Health (social structure of school; STDs)) [15+]

 

Super Size Me (Taking Care of Yourself; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present; Medicine) [11+]

Wall-E - Talking and Playing for Growth (SEL: The Environment; Romantic Relationships; Taking Care of Yourself; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring) [4 - 8]

The Wizard of Oz — Primary (Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Subjects:Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [5+]

The Wizard of Oz — Secondary (Self-esteem; Friendship; Taking Care of Yourself; Breaking Out; Subjects:Cinema; Drama/Musicals; U.S./1865-1913; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring) [12+]



TALENT

Amadeus (Humility; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Biography/Mozart; Music/Classical) [12+]

Anne B. Real (Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Ambition; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and New York) [12+]

Bach's Fight for Freedom (Friendship; Father/Son; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/Germany) [6 - 12]

Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Friendship; Grieving; Disability; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Music/Classical; World/Austria; Biography/Beethoven) [9 - 12]

Bizet's Dream (Father/Daughter; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: World/France; Music/Opera; Biography/Bizet) [9 - 12]

The Bolero -- Short Subject (Talent; Ethical Emphasis: None; Subjects: Music (classical)) [9+; 26 minutes]

The Buddy Holly Story (Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Biography; Music/Popular; U.S./1945 - 1991) [12+]

Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist (Talent; Romantic Relationships; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Visual Arts; World/France; U.S./1865 - 1913; Biography)[8+]

Dancemaker (Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Taylor; Dance) [12+]

Degas and the Dancer (Talent, Ambition, Mother/Daughter, Sisters; Ethical Emphasis --- Respect; Responsibility; Caring; Subjects --- Visual Arts; World/France; Dance) [8 - 13]

Edison: The Wizard of Light (Talent, Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Citizenship; Subjects: Science-Technology; U.S./1865 - 1929; Cinema; Biography) [8 - 13]

The Glenn Miller Story (Ethical Emphsis: Responsibility; Subjects:Biography; Music/Popular; U.S./1929 - 1945) [12+]

Goya: Awakened in a Dream (Father/Son; Friendship; Illness; Human Rights; Talent; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis --- Caring;Subjects --- Visual Arts; World/Spain & the Enlightenment; Biography) [8 - 13]

Handel's Last Chance (Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Caring; Subjects: Biography/Handel; Music/Classical; World/England & Ireland) [6 - 12]

High School Musical (Breaking Out; Friendship, Peer Pressure; Father/Son; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Dance; Drama/Musicals) [8 - 14]

Hoop Dreams (Sportsmanship; Breaking Out; Talent; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility Fairness; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S. 1991 - Present & Illinois) [10+]

Isaac Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs (Romantic Relationships; Talent; Subjects: Biology; Science-Technology; World/England & Enlightenment; Mathematics) [8- 13]

The Jazz Singer (Breaking Out; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Subjects: Cinema; U.S./1913 - 1929, Diversity & New York; Music/Popular) [12+]

Kiki's Delivery Service - Talking and Playing for Growth (Coming of Age; Talent; Friendship; Courage. Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Caring) [5 - 8]

 

Knute Rockne, All American (Leadership; Sportsmanship; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Sports/Football; U.S./1913 - 1929; Biography) [8+]

Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (Friendship; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: General; Subjects: Biography; World/Italy & the Renaissance; Science-Technology; Aviation) [8 - 11]

Les Choristes (Self-esteem; Talent; Education; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Music; World/France; Literature/Poetry Analysis; Literary Devices: theme) [10+; in French with English subtitles]

The Life of Emile Zola (Justice; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Literature/France) [10+]

Liszts' Rhapsody (Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical;) [6 - 12]

Little Women (Female Role Model; Families in Crisis; Parenting; Sisters; Coming of Age; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1860 - 1865 & Massachusetts; Literature/U.S.) [6+]

Lust for Life (Talent; Brothers; Mental Illness; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography/Van Gogh; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Moulin Rouge (Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Disabilities; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Lautrec; Visual Arts; World/France) [13+]

Music of the Heart (Education; Talent; Disabilities; Romantic Relationships; Divorce and Separation; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Citizenship; Subjects: Music/Classical; U.S./1991 - Present & New York; Biography (Guaspari)) [9+]

The Red Shoes (Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects: Dance; Music/Classical) [12+]

The Rookie (Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Sports/Baseball; U.S./1991 - present) [9+]

Rossini's Ghost (Talent; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography/Rossini; Music/Opera; World/Italy) [6 - 12]

Searching for Bobby Fischer (Talent; Father/Son; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Sports/Chess; World/Canada) [10+]

Strictly Ballroom (Breaking Out; Talent; Families in Crisis; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: Dance; World/Australia) [9+]

Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould (Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Biography; Music/Classical; World/Canada) [14+] (Small portions are in French with English subtitles)

The Turning Point (Marriage; Mother/Daughter; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Dance; U.S./1945 - 1991) [14+]

Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (Talent; Brothers, Mental Illness; Suicide; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Biography; World/France; Visual Arts) [12+]

Winslow Homer: An American Original (Talent; Grieving; Mental Illness; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1861 - 1913; Visual Arts; Medicine-Psychiatry; Biography) [8 - 12]



TEAMWORK

All the President's Men (Courage; Teamwork; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsiblity; Fairness; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991 & Politics) [12+]

Apollo 13 (Teamwork; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991; Space Exploration) [8+]

A Bugs Life - Talking and Playing for Growth (Courage; Friendship; Teamwork; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; responsibility; Caring) [5 - 8]

Cars - Talking and Playing for Growth (SEL: Sportsmanship; Teamwork; Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring Citizenship) [5 - 8]

Hoosiers (Teamwork; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Male Role Model; Father/Son; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Caring; Subjects: Sports/Basketball; U.S. 1945 - 1991 & Indiana) [11+]

Fat Man and Little Boy (Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1941-1945 & New Mexico; Science-Technology) [13+]

 

Fly Away Home (Parenting; Father/Daughter; Teamwork; Caring for Animals; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Science; the Environment; Canada) [10+]

The Right Stuff (Friendship; Teamwork, Courage; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991; Aviation; Space Exploration) [12+]

Something the Lord Made (Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Medicine; U.S./1917 - 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland) [10+]

Remember the Titans (Breaking Out; Friendship; Teamwork; Leadership; Male Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Citizenship; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & Virginia; Sports/Football) [11+]

Partners of the Heart (Teamwork, Education, Friendship; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: Medicine; U.S./1917 - 1991, Diversity, Tennessee & Maryland) [10+]

Toy Story - Talking and Playing for Growth (Friendship; Teamwork; Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Respect; Caring) [5 - 8]



WORK/CAREER

Conrack (Male Role Model; Work/Career; Education; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1945 - 1991, Diversity & South Carolina) [10+]

The Pursuit of Happyness (Father/Son; Parenting; Surviving, Work/Career; add the following SEL topics when using TeachWithMovies.com's student handout for this film entitled Episodes in the Life of Chris Gardner (What's Not in the Movie): Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Breaking Out; Spousal Abuse; Child Abuse; Education; Male Role Model; Ambition; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 - present and Biography) [12+]

 

The Red Shoes (Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis Trustworthiness; Citizenship; Subjects: Dance; Music/Classical) [12+]

The Turning Point (Marriage; Mother/Daughter; Friendship; Male Role Model; Talent; Work/Career; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Subjects: Dance; U.S./1945 - 1991) [14+]